U.S. Soccer Federation

U.S. Soccer Federation

Talent Identification Manager: MYNT West Region


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Posting Date

Jun 16, 2022

Role description


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Position Description

The Talent Identification Manager is responsible for Youth National Teams scouting in their assigned geographic region. The role involves building, managing, and developing a quality YNT scouting network. In addition to managing the scouting network, the TID Manager will is responsible for the identification, examination, monitoring and recommending players for YNT player pools.

Primary Responsibilities
Commits to the mission, vision, objectives, and policies of U.S. Soccer
Applies U.S. Soccer Talent Identification Philosophy, Framework and Processes
Collaborates with Talent Identification Directors, TID Managers, YNT Coaches, and YNT Scouting Network
Manages YNT Identification Centers and Regional ID Mini-Camps
Creates and executes annual scouting plan for designated scouting territory
Expand and improve player pools for the Youth National Teams
Improve the YNT Scouting Network
Manages online technology platforms and applies data
Contributes to Sporting initiatives and Technical Plan (projects, meetings, expertise, courses, events, etc.) as assigned
Works closely with all Sporting departments, most substantial connection with YNT, Coach Education and Club Development
Communicates effectively with all stakeholders (staff, scouts, coaches, members, clubs, parents, etc.) involved in talent identification process
Complete goal setting and performance review discussions with staff on an annual basis

Task and Duties of the position are based on five strategic components:

Youth National Teams Scouting
Oversees top talent identification for designated scouting territory, to expand and improve the YNT player pools (U-14 through U-23)
Identifies, examines, and monitors the top 55 players (top 5 players per position) per age group in communication/collaboration with TID Director and YNT Coaches
Cross-checks and recommends players for YNT as part of collaborative selection and decision- making process
Submits, presents, and reviews player reports (written and video)
Leads player selection for the U-14 YNT Talent ID Program through YNT Identification Centers, Regional Mini-Camps, and National Camp (in collaboration with the U-15 YNT Coach)

YNT Scouting Network
Building and managing a YNT Scouting Network in designated scouting territory
Assigns scouts to games and events based on TID plan and strategy
Reviews all scout reports for completion and quality
Recruits new YNT Scouting Network scouts for sufficient coverage in assigned areas
Ensures quality control within the YNT Scouting Network
Builds a network with members, clubs, and tipsters (informal leads) within specific markets and areas

Educating and developing scouts
Oversees YNT scout goal-setting, feedback, reviews, and training (virtual and in-person)
Trained as Instructor for Talent Scout License, and assists with the Talent Scout License (One course per year)
Identifies and mentors’ candidates for the Talent Scout License
Manages a mentoring system for scouts
Supports clubs in critical markets to develop their scouting program

YNT ID Centers and Regional Mini-Camps
Leads player (and staff) selection and other planning aspects of YNT Identification Centers for assigned territory (approximately 4-5 key markets)
Fully complies with all guidelines, protocols, and procedures for technical consistency nationwide
Identifies and trains YNT network scouts to lead YNT Identification Centers
Serve as a resource for clubs and members to set-up their identification centers

Technology and Data Analysis
Reporting and monitoring
Data and statistics


Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree or higher
U.S. Soccer B License (or UEFA A License)
Experience as a scout, coach, and educator
Knowledge and understanding of talent identification and development—theory and practice (international and domestic standards)
Knowledge of the domestic and international soccer landscape/pathway (youth/pro)
Capable of working in fast-paced and demanding environments
Must be able to connect “micro” details to the “macro” vision and mission
Proficient experience with Microsoft Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook)
Excellent written and verbal communication combined with a professional demeanor
Able and willing to travel
Able and willing to work non-traditional hours including evenings, weekends and holidays as needed

Desired Qualifications
U.S. Soccer Talent Scout License
U.S. Soccer A License
Master’s degree
Bilingual (English and Spanish)
Experience as a leader (club or Federation) and/or mentor
Proficient with data, video editing and scout technology platforms (i.e., Opta, Hudl, Sportscode, Scout7, Wyscout, etc.)
Thorough institutional knowledge of U.S. Soccer’s mission, goals, technical plan, policies, practices, and procedures

Working at U.S. Soccer is a unique opportunity. Employees who work at U.S. Soccer have the following attributes:
Live our Principles & Values
Adopt a company centric approach—Serve the Athlete and the Fan
Embrace and see learning as a lifelong pursuit
Possess a growth mindset—keeps an open mind and seeks new challenges
Practice self-assessment and self-reflection
Open to criticism and does not make excuses
Possess a tireless work ethic
Wants to be part of a team that wins
Has the ability to be firm but fair
Communicate in a direct, open and honest manner
Build relationships through genuine interpersonal skills

COVID-19 Vaccination
U.S. Soccer has mandated the Covid-19 vaccine and is requiring all staff to be fully vaccinated at the start of employment

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